The Ohio Lottery Pick 4

Pick 4

04/16/2014 Evening
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Twice Daily

Ways To Win

Drawings are held daily, seven days a week, at 12:29pm and 7:29pm, except Saturday evening.  Pools close at 12:25 pm and 7:25pm, except Saturday.  Saturday evening pools close at 7:45pm with the Saturday evening drawing occurring during the Cash Explosion Doubleplay television show, which airs from 7:30pm to 8:00pm and they are broadcast statewide.

Amount Bet Straight 24-Way Box 12-Way Box 6-Way Box 4-Way Box
.50 $2,500 $100 $200 $400 $599
$1 $5,000 $200 $400 $800 $1,198
$2 $10,000 $400 $800 $1,600 $2,396
$3 $15,000 $600 $1,200 $2,400 $3,594
$4 $20,000 $800 $1,600 $3,200 $4,792
$5 $25,000 $1,000 $2,000 $4,000 $5,990
$6 $30,000 $1,200 $2,400 $4,800 $7,188
Odds 1 in 10,000 1 in 417 1 in 833 1 in 1,667 1 in 2,500



Pick 4, Straight Winners on a Back-Up Bet

Amount Bet Total Cost 24-Way Box 12-Way Box 6-Way Box 4-Way Box
.50 $1 $2,600 $2,700 $2,900 $3,099
$1 $2 $5,200 $5,400 $5,800 $6,198
$1.50 $3 $7,800 $8,100 $8,700 $9,297
$2 $4 $10,400 $10,800 $11,600 $12,396
$2.50 $5 $13,000 $13,500 $14,500 $15,495
$3 $6 $15,600 $16,200 $17,400 $18,594
Odds   1 in 10,000 1 in 10,000 1 in 10,000 1 in 10,000

Interactive How To Play

PICK 4 How to Play

How To Play

PICK 4 drawings are held daily, seven days a week, at 12:29 p.m. and 7:29 p.m., and broadcast statewide. Saturday evening drawings occur during the Cash Explosion® Double Play television show, which airs from 7:30pm to 8:00pm.

When playing PICK 4, there three types of bets which can be placed:

STRAIGHT BET: If the numbers you have chosen are drawn in exact order, you win. Wager amounts are $0.50 and $1.

BOXED BET: If the numbers you have chosen are drawn in any combination, you win.
PICK 4 offers four types of boxed bets:
  • A 24-WAY boxed bet consists of four different numbers (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • A 12-WAY boxed bet has two numbers the same (1, 2, 3, 3)
  • A 6-WAY boxed bet has two sets of the same number (1, 2, 2, 1)
  • A 4-WAY boxed bet has three numbers the same (1, 1, 1, 2)
BACK-UP BET: Back-Up bets combine a Straight bet and a Boxed bet on one ticket, and must be placed in $1 increments.

Play it Again

What is “Play it Again”?

The “Play it Again” feature is part of most Ohio Lottery on-line games, including Pick 3, Pick 4, PICK 5, Rolling Cash 5, Classic Lotto/KICKER, KENO BOOSTER, Mega Millions/ MEGAPLIER, and Powerball/Power Play. A second barcode, printed on each ticket above the game logo, permits a retailer to scan the ticket with the 2D reader and duplicate the exact wager information for the next scheduled drawing.

Why was the “Play it Again” feature added?

“Play it Again” was added as a convenience for players because it eliminates the need for a new bet card. The feature also allows retailers to reproduce a customer's wager by eliminating the need to manually enter the numbers.

How does it work?

Once the added bar code at the top of a ticket is scanned by the 2D reader the terminal will print out the exact wager showing on that ticket. The terminal will show a confirmation screen before printing the wager so the customer can verify the cost of the new wager.

What does it cost?

There is no additional charge for “Play it Again”. The customer pays only the cost of the duplicated ticket.

How are Mega Millions and MEGAPLIER wagers affected?

A Mega Millions ticket generated by the "Play it Again" barcode will include the same numbers played for each board, the draw duration, and the total wager amount.

What about Pick 3 and Pick 4 tickets?

“Play it Again” will duplicate the bet type, while offering players a choice of changing the following items:

  • Midday or evening draws
  • The number of draws
  • The days of the week

How does “Play it Again” work for the Bundle Play package?

The “Play it Again” feature will work only with the specific game ticket presented to a retailer.  It will function just like it does for most online game tickets.  A second barcode, printed on each ticket above the game logo, permits a retailer to scan the ticket with the 2D reader and duplicate the exact wager information for the next scheduled drawing.

How does “Play It Again” work on Bundle Play tickets?

Once the added bar code at the top of any Bundle Play ticket is scanned by the 2D reader the terminal will print out the exact wager showing on that ticket.  Using “Play It Again” on a Bundle Play ticket will only reproduce that game wager.  The entire Bundle Play package will not be duplicated.

If the ticket has the “Play it Again” barcode, can it be read regardless if it’s a winning, non-winning or expired ticket?

Yes. The “Play it Again” barcode located at the top of the ticket will read just like a bet card and duplicate the wager regardless of the status of the ticket.

Question & Answer

What is a wheel wager and why does it cost and pay more than a boxed bet?

To “wheel” a bet is to play every combination of a Pick 3 number in a straight bet. The player must then pay for a straight bet on all 6 combinations of the number. If any combination of that number comes up, the player wins the straight amount of $250 for a $.50 bet or $500 for a $1 bet. For example, to play the numbers 1-2-3 in a wheel means that you are placing 6 straight bets on the numbers: 1-2-3; 2-1-3; 3-1-2; 1-3-2; 3-2-1 and 2-3-1. At $.50 per bet, playing 1-2-3 “wheel” costs $3 ($.50 X 6 bets).

On the other hand, in a boxed bet the amount wagered is divided across all combinations of the number, reducing your wager per number and therefore the payout when you win.

What are the differences between all of the box bets such as 3-way box, 6-way box, 24-way box, 12-way box, 6-way box and 4-way box? Why is there a varied payout?

A boxed bet is a winner if any combination of your numbers come out as winning numbers. The 3-way and 6-way box bets only pertain to the Pick 3 game. The term “3-way” and “6-way” refer to the number of combinations that are possible for a certain bet. If your Pick 3 bet consists of 3 unique digits, such as 1-2-3, there are 6 different winning combinations possible (1-2-3; 1-3-2; 2-1-3; 2-3-1; 3-1-2; and 3-2-1). This is a 6-way box. A Pick 3 number that has 2 like numbers, such as 1-1-2, only has 3 possible winning combinations--1-1-2; 1-2-1; and 2-1-1. This is a 3-way box bet. You win more money for 3-way box bets because there is a lower probability of winning with only 3 possible combinations rather than 6.

The same principle applies to the Pick 4 box bets which are the 24-way, 12-way, 6-way and 4-way boxes. Again, the “24-way” refers to how many possible combinations of a number there are. A Pick 4 boxed bet with 4 unique digits, such as 1-2-3-4, has 24 different possible winning combinations. With 24 ways to win, this is the easiest Pick 4 box, therefore it has the lowest payout. The 12-way box applies to a number that has 2 like numbers within it, such as 1-1-2-3. The 6-way box has 2 pair, example 1-1-2-2; and a 4 way box has 3 like numbers, for example 1-1-1-2. The 4-way box has the highest payout because with only 4 possible combinations, it is the least probable box bet to win.

What is a back-up bet?

You can play both Pick 3 and Pick 4 numbers in a “back-up” bet. This simply means that you are backing up one straight bet combination with a box bet. Therefore, if your straight bet wins, you win both the straight amount and the boxed amount. If your numbers do not come up straight, but a combination of your numbers come up, you win only the boxed amount.

How do I claim my prize?

  • You need the original winning ticket to claim your prize.
  • Powerball tickets purchased in Ohio can only be cashed in Ohio.
  • When you win the jackpot, you will be able to select either 30 annual payments or the Cash Option.
  • Up to $599 – Present your ticket to any Ohio Lottery Retailer for validation and immediate prize payment.
  • $600 to $5,000 – Present your ticket to any Ohio Lottery Retailer for validation and receive a Pay-to-Bearer receipt and a Claim Form for check processing OR present the Pay-to-Bearer receipt and completed claim form to an authorized bank cashing location and receive payment the same day.
  • Over $5,000 – Present your ticket to an Ohio Lottery office for validation and check processing.
  • You must validate and cash your winning ticket within 180 days of the drawing date.
   

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